Asbestos forces Hampton fire station to close during remediation

  • Source: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
  • Published: 01/14/2020 12:00 AM

Hampton has a fire station with no firefighters and no fire trucks. The city had to close one of its stations for the time being after workers found asbestos. Fire Station 7 on Fox Hill Road was built in 1967. Last week, renovators were replacing some flooring and found what they thought was asbestos. City spokesperson Fred Gaskins says the tiles and air inside the firehouse were immediately tested. "Tests showed there was not asbestos in the air and that's a very good thing, but the tile itself has to be removed by a licensed contractor." Station 7 is closed until further notice. Yellow caution tape, normally used to keep people away from fires, is now keeping them away from the firehouse. A dumpster out back sits sealed in plastic. The city says people in the area surrounding the station have nothing to worry about.


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